This School of Engineering and Applied Sciences commencement ceremony is only for graduate students graduating from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. This includes all combined BS/MS and BS/MBA students.
This ceremony is intended and scheduled only for SEAS GRADUATE students who have applied for graduation (degree) indicating one of the following graduation terms:
Students should check with their department advisors to make sure all degree requirements have been met.
Graduate students who have extenuating circumstances are handled on an individual basis. Permission of the major professor and/or department is needed for early participation. Students unable to attend the Commencement for their year are granted a one-year extension to participate the following year if they ask to do so.
Registration for the commencement ceremony is separate from applying for graduation (degree). If you want to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must register for it.
Please register online. Registration deadline: May 1.
If you would like to verify that your name will be printed in the commencement program, please check the registration site (see above). Students have the option to check their name without registering for the ceremony. The name printed will be your preferred name as it appears in HUB unless you indicate otherwise. Any changes must be made by April 15 to allow timely printing of the program.
If you have a disability that impacts your ability to participate in a commencement ceremony, please note your needs and what accommodations you require when you register for the ceremony. The coordinator of this ceremony will contact you to discuss and finalize your accommodations. If the coordinator does not contact you at least two weeks before the ceremony, please contact the coordinator directly.
Please see the Accessibility for Guests page.
Students earning baccalaureate degrees (including those awarded as part of combined degrees) are eligible to receive Latin honors based on their UB cumulative grade point average (GPA) on the following scale:
Average (based on 4.0=A)
To receive the Latin honors designation in the printed commencement programs, and to be eligible to wear the honorific gold cord (cum laude, magna and summa) during these ceremonies, candidates for the June degree conferral date must:
This recognition is only intended for students who will have their degrees conferred in June, or have had their degrees conferred in the previous February or September.
The gold cords will be available for purchase ($12) at the University Bookstore on North Campus beginning March 6. Students must present UB ID at time of purchase.
Meet in the Edward L. Wright Practice Facility (lower level in Alumni Arena) one full hour prior to the ceremony start time. Further instructions will be given to you by the commencement marshal at that time.
Also, in the Tickets and Guest Information section below, please see the information marked "For Your Safety - Prohibited Items." This information about security procedures and prohibited items applies to graduating students as well.
Each department will hold a reception immediately following the commencement ceremony. Light refreshments will be served at each reception. Make your dinner plans to allow time for you and your guests to attend your department's reception. Please check with your department for specific location. All are welcome.
There are no admission tickets for this event.
Doors open for guest seating one hour prior to the ceremony start time. Seating is general admission; first-come, first-served.
The Guest Info section of this website has all the information your guests need to know about directions and parking, seating (including seating for children and infants), accessibility and visiting campus.
Children, toddlers and infants are welcome as guests at all commencement ceremonies as long as you follow these guidelines.
Baby strollers are not permitted in Alumni Arena.
If you are with a child who is talking, crying or moving around in a manner that is distracting to the ceremony, you may be asked to step outside the ceremony.
Your safety is our first priority. As you arrive, you will be greeted upon entry by security personnel who will conduct a speedy inspection of all belongings you may have with you. You may also be asked to unfasten any outerwear. Because of these security measures, please allow yourself a few extra minutes.
The following items are prohibited:
The name of each graduate participating in this ceremony will be announced.
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Alumni Arena, UB North Campus
Caps, gowns and other regalia are available through the University Bookstore on the North Campus. Order early to make sure you get everything on time.
The Office of the Registrar will mail your diploma to your permanent address approximately four to six weeks after the conferral date. Students are responsible for making address changes; these should be made through your HUB Student Center to ensure that you receive your diploma.
For your convenience, GradImages has a pre-registration site. You can add emails of family and friends who may want to view and purchase your photographs.